Here at Edge Hill Junior Academy, we use a mastery approach for maths. Our aim is to teach children to see the relationships between numbers and other mathematical areas so that they have a deep understanding of the subject, avoiding a formulaic, procedural approach to maths.
We use some visual models and approaches that adults may not be familiar with. Some parents feel it is difficult to help their child with maths at home because it is different to how they were taught.
The aim of this page is to give visitors an insight into the visual models and language that we use in school. Some will be very simple models that show small numbers but then can be used with larger numbers and more complex problems to help children understand. Some of the examples will be familiar as traditional methods that have been taught for many years.
Maths ‘Mastery’ Approach
During maths lessons at Edge Hill, we plan to ensure that children engage enthusiastically with their maths learning, showing stamina, resilience and perseverance even when the learning is challenging. Children will have regular opportunities to discuss their learning in pairs, small groups or as a whole-class using correct vocabulary and reasoning explanations. Children will be able to model their thinking in different ways including formal methods or diagrams, bar models, number lines, apparatus or any other support where appropriate.
Work will be recorded correctly in books with feedback that supports children to be accurate with answers, methods and vocabulary. At the end of each lesson, children will have made progress against the Learning Outcome(s) either independently, following carefully planned input from the teacher, or with support as identified by the child or an adult in the lesson.
If the progress and attainment is limited, intervention will be put in place in a timely manner in order for all children to keep up with the maths learning. Displays in the room and around the school will further support the learning of maths. Teaching staff willingly embrace a mastery approach in maths, and are keen to develop understanding and expertise collaboratively through discussion, practice, colleague support and review.